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  • Total Eclipse of the Fun
  • An Emetic for Gore
  • Klobuchar’s imposture
  • Thoughts from the ammo line
  • P.J. O’Rourke, call your office
Total Eclipse of the Fun

Posted: 25 Aug 2017 11:33 AM PDT

(John Hinderaker)

A longtime friend of Power Line alerts us to order issued by Judge Steven Merryday of the U.S. District Court in Florida. An Assistant U.S. Attorney moved to continue a trial on the ground that one of his key witnesses had made arrangements to travel out of the state to view last week’s total eclipse of the Sun. Judge Merryday noted the role of total eclipses in history, literature, and music. Approaching nearer to the heart of the matter, he wrote:

On this occasion, the Assistant United States Attorney boldly moves (where no AUSA has moved before) to postpone a trial because an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, has pre-paid the cost of visiting the zone of “totality” of a solar eclipse that will occur on August 21 (about the eclipse, the motion oddly uses the phrase “scheduled to occur,” as if someone arbitrarily set the eclipse, as an impresario sets a performer, to appear at a chosen time and place, subject always to some unstated exigency). Cruel fate has dictated that the August 21 eclipse will occur during the trial of an action in which the agent is a principal participant on behalf of the United States.

If you get the feeling that the court is not exactly oozing sympathy for the ATFE man, you are not mistaken. Read the whole thing here:


An Emetic for Gore

Posted: 25 Aug 2017 09:44 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

Ten years ago, after An Inconvenient Truth appeared, I produced by own 48-minute video lecture on what’s wrong with Al Gore’s account of the whole matter, which I called An Inconvenient Truth—Or Convenient Fiction? (It’s still up on YouTube, along with a short update I did one year later, but both are way out of date now, so I don’t especially recommend them.) I just haven’t got it in me to suffer through Gore’s new sequel (and apparently not many other moviegoers can either), and so I’m not going to produce another rebuttal video.

Fortunately, we have Dr. Roy Spencer on the job. Dr. Spencer, a long-time senior climate scientist at NASA and the co-inventor of the NASA satellite system that tracks earth temperatures, has written a fabulous ebook rebutting Gore’s climate gore, An Inconvenient Deception: How Al Gore Distorts Climate Science and Energy Policy. It’s currently ranked as the #1 seller on Amazon in three science book categories: Climatology; Environmental science, and Science & math. At just $3.99 I suggest Power Line readers snap up a copy and boost his sales rank further. Moreover, it is likely that more people will read this book than see Gore’s movie. (For his dissent from Climate Gore, yesterday Dr. Spencer’s website suffered a denial-of-service attack. Funny how the climatistas can’t seem to engage an argument anymore.)

Dr. Spencer has complete command of the technical detail of climate science, also writes in plain English as any visitor to his website will know. Here are a few excerpts from Dr. Spencer’s introduction:

I am not a global warming “denier” as is often alleged, nor am I opposed to alternative (non-fossil) forms of energy per se. What I am opposed to is misleading people with false climate science claims and alarming them into diverting vast sums of the public’s wealth into expensive energy schemes, this creating energy poverty and reducing our standard of living. When such policies are followed, it is the poor who suffer the most. . .

I will be advancing two main themes in this book regarding the claims of Al Gore:

  1. Most of his claims about weather disasters, melting ice sheets, and rising sea levels are either untrue, or the result of Mother Nature rather than human activities, and
  2. Wind and solar power remain expensive, and so governments’ mandating their use as a way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions will make their citizens poorer and more vulnerable to real threats.

I admit that there is at least the possibility that humanity could suffer some harm from our greenhouse gas emissions. But I also believe that the benefits of more CO2 in the atmosphere will outweigh any harm. Published research demonstrates the Earth is undergoing global greening and increased agricultural productivity due to the fertilization effects of more CO2.

As I say, worth buying and reading the whole thing.


Klobuchar’s imposture

Posted: 25 Aug 2017 05:08 AM PDT

(Scott Johnson)

Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken are blocking the Senate from taking up President Trump’s nomination of David Stras to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Stras is a justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court; he is widely respected. His nomination is opposed by approximately no one, not even by Klobuchar or Franken. Yet they have withheld their blue slips to prevent the Senate Judiciary Committee from acting on the nomination.

Senator Klobuchar is using the Stras nomination for narrow partisan purposes. She seeks to have a hand in the appointment of Democrats to four federal vacancies in Minnesota: United States Marshal, United States Attorney and two federal district court judgeships. Klobuchar and Franken actually convened a panel of attorneys to recommend a nominee for United States Attorney. I believe that Klobuchar supports the appointment of Democrat Joe Dixon for United States Attorney. Neither Klobuchar nor Dixon has responded to my request for comment since I first reported this three weeks ago.

Klobuchar is negotiating with the White House over Minnesota’s federal vacancies. Her role in this scenario shows her to be a partisan player. She doesn’t talk about it and her friends at the Star Tribune have left the story alone since July 8.

Appearing at the Minnesota State Fair yesterday and sitting for an interview with Minnesota Public Radio, Klobuchar was asked about the Stras nomination. The interview generated an AP story by Kyle Potter (posted at the link along with the audio of Klobuchar’s NPR interview) that also made it into the Star Tribune.

Klobuchar denied that she’s blocking Stras’s nomination. That’s what she said, anyway. This is a lie. Klobuchar is blocking the nomination pending a deal with the White House that has nothing to do with the merits of the nomination of Justice Stras. Klobuchar referred to the pending federal vacancies and to discussions with the Department of Justice as well as the White House counsel’s office without acknowledging that she is holding her blue slip on Justice Stras in connection with these discussions.

Franken asserts that he’s still reviewing Justice Stras’s “lengthy record.” Justice Stras is a young man. His record can be mastered without an exorbitant expenditure of time. If only Franken hadn’t spent so much time promoting his new book — he even took a turn hosting SiriusXM’s Grateful Dead channel for a day — he’d be done by now. But this is not to be taken seriously. It’s a joke, so to speak, of the unfunny political variety that Senator Franken now retails.

The editors of the Star Tribune editorial page do not encourage op-ed columns that break the local news the Star Tribune itself hasn’t gotten around to reporting. Today, however, they let Third District Rep. Erik Paulsen report that Klobuchar and Franken have in fact blocked the Senate from taking up Stras’s nomination. Rep. Paulsen tells the story in “Klobuchar, Franken impede the path of an outstanding judge.” It’s a good and even important column on the merits of the Stars nomination. Please read it all.

Rep. Paulsen omits elaboration of Klobuchar’s game here (he leaves it at “partisan game-playing in Washington”). Senator Klobuchar is sensitive about it. No one involved wants to ruffle her feathers. I sympathize, but let’s get the full story out.


Thoughts from the ammo line

Posted: 25 Aug 2017 04:19 AM PDT

(Scott Johnson)

Ammo Grrrll peers into our near future and sees: IT WAS THE STATUES!!! I think I should add TRIGGER WARNING!!! just so you can’t say you weren’t warned. She writes:

Dateline…sometime in the not-so-distant future

Who knew? For many many decades, the Educational Establishment had been absolutely consumed with the “gap” in educational achievement between students “of color” and students of extreme Nazi whiteness. And, of course, Asians, who are counted as “even worse than white” when it comes to curve-wrecking academics.

Some right-wing racists believed the gap had had something to do with studying more, fewer hours spent watching television, turning in homework, that sort of thing. But they were sent to re-education camps and eventually were rehabilitated. The North Korean Get-Your-Mind-Right Diet Plan of 700 calories a day probably helped in focusing their attentions away from Wrong-Think.

Other outlawed Christian lunatics had noticed that there was a strong correlation between having a father in the home and the academic achievement and discipline of his children. The rations of such lunatics were reduced to 500 calories a day (2 yogurts, arugula, and a Fig Newton) until they came around.

So you can imagine their shock and dismay when these backward elements learned the truth: it was the presence of statues that had prevented black children from learning! The minute the offending statues came down, their SAT scores rocketed up, and the offending gap was erased. Or scores definitely WOULD have rocketed up if both letter grades and the racist, sexist, tests had still been allowed. Everyone who was not Irredeemable was certain that the gap was gone for good.

Nobody wondered aloud why The Lightbringer had had eight endless years to get rid of the statues and had not.

And nobody mentioned either that not one in ten students of any color knew who most of the offensive historical figures even were. At the time that the statues started coming down, 74% of all high school students identified “Andrew Jackson” as the 7th Jackson brother, the one that came between Jackie and Tito, and, sadly, the only one who couldn’t sing.

“Thomas Jefferson” was described as “that President before Obama who slept with a slave or something” by 58% of students and “The guy who invented the telephone?” by another 25%. “Jefferson Davis” was believed by 48% of high school graduates to be “the real name of Snoop Dogg” and nobody even hazarded a guess about Nathan Bedford Forrest, except “a white guy who was bad?” (which turned out to be right, actually, proving once again that even a blind pig finds an acorn now and then).

When Mount Rushmore was dynamited and work begun on replacing the pale white dead men there with members of The View, albeit on a much larger mountain, little girls everywhere were so inspired by the sight that they flocked to science, math, and engineering in record numbers. All the right people said so. (Fat Studies counted as a science major by then, even though “fat” itself had been entirely eradicated by changing the racist BMI charts.)

The sculpture of Crazy Horse, 17 miles from Mount Rushmore, a work in progress since 1948, was also dynamited. A few Native Americans complained, but they were overruled due to strong lobbies of crazy people who objected to being called crazy, and others objecting to the cultural appropriation of our equine companions.

The Museum of Science and Industry in Jackson Park in Chicago was offensive on so many levels that it was almost razed except for a last-minute reprieve by Mayor Lena Dunham, who had won re-election of the city of 2.7 million souls by over 5 million votes. She had lurked in airports reporting conversations she had heard and turned over her vast notes to the Perpetual Mueller Commission until she was elected to her first term just to get her out of airports.

Mayor Dunham – who often pranced about naked at her press conferences, reliving her Glory Days on Girls – convinced the public that Jackson Park was named for Jesse Jackson, Jr. who had set a national record for collecting disability. The Science Museum would be repurposed as a place to study Global Warming and other science-y things as soon as the Blizzards of ’25, ’26, and ’27 could be cleared enough to get to it. Nobody liked “Industry” either on a personal or corporate level and so that stupid, racist word was dropped.

The oceans commenced to lowering and the unicorns scampered among the rainbows and all was right with the world after the great Statue Eradication Project of 2017.


P.J. O’Rourke, call your office

Posted: 24 Aug 2017 05:21 PM PDT

(Paul Mirengoff)

Hillary Clinton’s books are said to induce nausea. My advice? Skip the books; read the reviews. Especially if they are written by Steve, or by P.J. O’Rourke.

O’Rourke’s review of Mrs. Clinton’s It Takes a Village, published by the Weekly Standard, was hilarious. He called the review “It Takes a Village Idiot.” Here is the opening:

It takes a village to raise a child. The village is Washington. You are the child.

There, I’ve spared you from reading the worst book to come out of the Clinton administration since- let’s be fair-the last one.

Nearly everything about It Takes a Village is objectionable, from the title to the acknowledgments page, where Mrs Clinton fails to acknowledge that some poor journalism professor named Barbara Feinman did a lot of the work. Mrs Clinton thereby unwisely violates the first rule of literary collaboration: blame the co-author. And let us avert our eyes from the Kim Il-Sung-type dust jacket photograph showing Mrs Clinton surrounded by joyous-youth-of-many-nations.

Please overlook the fact that O’Rourke endorsed Clinton in 2016 and read the whole thing. Laughter is the best medicine.

I also encourage you to read the entirety of O’Rourke’s 2003 review of Mrs. Clinton’s follow-up effort Living History, which also appeared in the Weekly Standard. I wrote about it here.

O’Rourke began that review this way:

If you plan not to read this summer, “Living History” is just the book. Hillary Clinton’s new memoir is more than 100,000 pages long. At least I think it is. There are only 562 page numbers, but you know how those Clintons lie.

He concluded by offering historical perspective plus a partially prescient look forward (though O’Rourke might deny it):

Conservatives, including most of the Founding Fathers, have always worried that the price of a democratic system would be a mediocre nation. But George Washington and William F. Buckley Jr. put together could not have foreseen, in their gloomiest moments, the rise of Clinton-style über-mediocrity–with its soaring commonplaces, its pumped trifling, its platinum-grade triviality. The Alpha-dork husband, the super-twerp wife, and the hyper-wonk vice president–together with all their mega-weenie water carriers, such as vicious pit gerbil George Stephanopoulos and Eastern diamondback rattleworm Sidney Blumenthal–spent eight years trying to make America nothing to brag about.

They failed. And that is, ultimately, what makes “Living History” such a good nonread. If they’re going to throw the book at us, and the book is by Hillary, the republic will endure (and the Republicans will prevail).

Fourteen years before the fact, O’Rourke thus correctly answered, perhaps now to his chagrin, the question that provides the title of Mrs. Clinton’s latest book. He explained what happened to Hillary Clinton last year.


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